Located less than 100 miles east of Paris, the city of Reims is the perfect place to escape the country’s most-popular destination in favor of calm and quiet. Travelers who spend three days exploring the religion, history and champagne houses of this picturesque place will leave feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. Ready to return to take on the crowds in the City of Lights.
Day 1: Regroup with Religion
Reims is famous for its beautiful churches and religious art. Spend the day visiting the iconic Reims Cathedral of Notre Dame, known for its ornate architecture, striking stain glass windows and historical significance. Then wander to Abbey of Saint-Remi—a place travelers call a spiritual oasis, thanks to smaller crowds and quiet places for contemplation and prayer. Check out the collection of 16th century tapestries that tell the story of Saint Remi’s life.
Day 2: Explore on Foot
Reims is a city made for walking. Start the day in Place Royale or Place Cardinal-Lucon—two popular squares near the Rue de Vesle, Reims main commercial street. Afterwards, head for Place Drouet d’Erlon in the city’s center. Relax under the sun near one of the fountains before slipping into an outdoor seat at one of the cafes, restaurants or bars that line the square. Place Drouet d’Erlon is the perfect spot for people watching, sampling local fare and experiencing the life that is typically Reims.
Day 3: Break for Some Bubbly
Since most of the country’s largest champagne producers have headquarters in Reims, the city is perfect for libation lovers who want to sample glasses of this festive drink. Take a tour through the network of underground city tunnels and impressive chalk caves before saddling up to any number of tasting room bars for a bit of bubbly with a side of champagne house history.